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Nanomaterials Chemistry: A Half-Credit Course for Science Majors

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Abstract:

A nanomaterials chemistry half-credit course was developed for students in their second year of college and beyond. The course relied extensively on the chemical literature to introduce the chemical synthesis, characterization, and application of nanomaterials. Specific course topics included shape control in nanoparticle synthesis, the use of gold nanorods as chemical sensors, semiconductors and solar energy, nanoscale carbon materials, self-assembly, nanotoxicology, and the public's understanding of nanoscience. Special course projects included a collaboration with beginning art students to use a benchtop electron microscope, a networking breakfast in which each student promoted a research project using gold nanoparticles in cancer treatment, and a term paper that emphasized the development of writing skills and gave students the opportunity to explore an area of individual interest. The course structure provides a model for the incorporation of nanoscience topics into the chemistry curriculum.

Keywords: CHEMICAL EDUCATION; CURRICULUM; INTERDISCIPLINARY; MULTIDISCIPLINARY; PEDAGOGY; UPPER DIVISION UNDERGRADUATE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jne.2012.1023

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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